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-- Every Sailor needs to validate their PRIMS data just as they would validate
their service record. PRIMS data is reviewed in the selection board process and
you have to be physically qualified for promotion, even if you are medically
waived you still need to pass the PRT in those areas in which you are not
waived to include body fat to get promoted. This process remains critical to
ensuring we maintain the highest standards for our leaders in developing a
culture of fitness.
For more information see NAVADMIN 073/09 and Sailors can review their PRIMS
data through BUPERS Online at https://www.bol.navy.mil.
-- A question that gets asked a lot is why it takes so long to get paid after
someone makes rank. The answer is, the Navy frocks its enlisted Sailors, meaning
they are allowed to wear the next paygrade before they are actually advanced. It
is about money, but the actual pay date is that last increment to get paid.
Officers do not frock and get advanced when their pay date is determined. The
frocking letter a Sailor gets really defines the process of being given the
opportunity to receive various privileges without pay until the pay date. The Navy
is not required to pay anyone early and could wait to advance and pay all at the
Post 9/11 GI Bill Reminder
BLUF: Sailors must take action to transfer their benefits while still in the Armed
Forces (Active Duty or SelRes).
Remind your Sailors early and often to heed the transferability rules. First,
check to ensure all DEERS-listed dependents are updated. Then, to transfer
benefits, log into this site - https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/TEB/.
After transferring, Sailors can change the amount to each recipient at anytime.
The safest thing to do is transfer a portion to each family member that you
want to have this awesome benefit. Afterward, check the same DMDC website
for approval. Then, Sailors can go to VA's website to the "Veterans Online
Application (VONAPP)" - http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/. VA will verify
eligibility and provide a certificate of eligibility to the family member
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BLUF: E-leave provides visibility and reduces processing time for leave
accounting while increasing accuracy of accounting.
When implemented later this year, E-leave will reside inside the Navy Standard
Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) Electronic Service Record (ESR)
Application. Sailors must establish access and routinely view the ESR to
become comfortable with the look and feel of the program. E-leave will
streamline a Sailor's leave request without forcing Sailors to chase paper. It
eliminates delays due to misrouting of paper copies. It will automate the
command's leave control log and ensure that pay entitlements are properly
credited without the need to submit documents to a supporting disbursing
office or Personnel Support Detachment (PSD). Shore-based implementation
will begin in August 2010. Afloat implementation will occur over the following
24 months. NAVADMIN 103/10 outlines details.
Safeguarding Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
BLUF: We rely on our people to accomplish the mission; they rely on those that
have access to PII to safeguard it. This is a leadership responsibility.
During the past year, the Department of the Navy experienced numerous
inadvertent releases of PII. This compromised the identity of our people and
their families. Careless loss or compromise of PII not only leads to identity
theft and other criminal behavior, but prevents our people from focusing on
daily tasks and overall mission.
Training, policy, guidance, tips, reporting procedures, and other privacy
related information can be found at: www.doncio.navy.mil and
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Close Proximity Move Policy
BLUF: Service members who have not executed their orders are eligible to
remove the household goods funding from those orders in order to fall under the
provisions of a close proximity move and may be eligible to receive BAH based
on the previous permanent duty station.
NAVADMIN 101/10 clarifies eligibility and procedures for execution of a close
proximity move and eligibility to receive Basic Allowance for Housing based on
previous Permanent Duty Station.
New Policy for the Execution of General Military Training
(GMT) for FY10 and FY11
BLUF: It is leadership’s responsibility to ensure these critical core topics are
taught and understood by every Sailor for a healthy work environment … Ship,
GMT Core Topics will be addressed via Instructor-led training sessions provided
at the Command level by Command Leadership, Command Training Teams, and
Collateral Duty Officers/Chief Petty Officers. The topics are: Responsible use
of alcohol (use, prevention, and control), Responsible personal behavior (sexual
assault prevention and response and equal opportunity and sexual harassment
grievance procedures), Ask-Care-Treat (suicide awareness and prevention),
Improving personal financial management, and Operational stress control.
Facilitator guides and flash presentations can be downloaded from the Center
for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) training library on Navy
knowledge online (NKO) at www.nko.navy.mil on the current CPPD GMT Page.
GMT topics and procedures are outlined in NAVADMIN 098/10.
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PCS Season and Sponsorship
BLUF: Be brilliant on the basics — functional command sponsorship programs
and indoctrination programs are necessary tools to ensure Sailor and command
NPC just completed a web poll regarding the Command Sponsorship Program.
Though anecdotal, too many Sailors are commenting that a sponsor was not
assigned or that they were not contacted or assisted by a sponsor. Sponsors
(and command indoc) are essential steps in assuring Sailor satisfaction and top
performance at a new command.
United Through Reading Military Program:
BLUF: United Through Reading helps keep families connected during times of
separation and foster a love of reading in children.
For Navy families that have participated - or are currently participating in this
nationally-acclaimed program, United Through Reading is actively seeking
feedback. Please encourage your Sailors to post their comments, stories and
suggestions on United Through Reading's Facebook fan page or complete their
online survey at http://www.unitedthroughreading.org/.
Online Career Tools
BLUF: This PDF is essentially a user manual for the top online career tools.
Sailors should become familiar with these tools.
There's a lot of web-based technology on the NPC website to assist Sailors.
Here's a Career Toolbox link that provides a summary of all online tools:
Remember, when eyeing a new rating or orders, talk to your Navy Career
Counselor to help make informed decisions when using Perform-to-Serve and
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Changes to Education Priorities and Management of
Off-Duty Voluntary Education for Tuition Assistance and
Navy College Program for Afloat College Education
BLUF: Navy leadership remains committed to providing opportunities and
financial assistance to Sailors as they pursue their educational goals.
NAVADMIN 105/10 modifies and amplifies existing policies as implemented in
OPNAVINST 1560.9A, Voluntary Education for Navy Sailors, to include Individual
education plans, TA/NCPACE Course requirements, required time onboard first
permanent duty station (PDS), and course completion. Amplifying information
is available on the Navy College website at:
https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/. Contact your local Navy College Office
for assistance with these new requirements.
Career Transition Office (CTO)
BLUF: The CTO will become the single point of contact for all Navy personnel
transitional guidance and transition processing.
The Career Transition Office (CTO) was established to support the Navy’s Total
Force Vision for the 21st Century and the Chief of Navy Personnel’s Continuum
of Service (CoS) initiative. This supports rapid and seamless transitions across
Active and Reserve Components that encourages a lifetime of Navy service,
whether in uniform or as a Civil Servant.
For more information please visit: www.npc.navy.mil/CareerInfo/Transition/
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BLUF: If it is not in WERR and the candidate wants the board to see it, then
submit it via a letter to the board.
Board members are provided Field Codes (electronic documents) from the
Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) commonly know as the official record.
Board members are also provided the candidate's PSR. What is viewable via
Web Enabled Records Review (WERR) available via BOL, is what is contained in
the OMPF. Therefore, if a candidate wants the board to see any
correspondence other than what is viewable via WERR, they must submit it in
their letter to the board. ESR, NTMPS, NSIPS data does not feed directly into
the official record.
When a member reenlisted/reenlists (in most cases since Mar 2006), certain
ESR documents should have/are printed and submitted for inclusion into the
official record. The ESR quick reference guide on NKO dated Mar 2006 refers.
Also, the EFSR close out guide, available at the below link, provides record
holding commands guidance on documents to be submitted to the official
The NAVPERS 1070/880, ESR Awards Record - Honors and Awards and the
NAVPERS 1070/881, ESR Training, Education and Qualification, are the two ESR
documents that replaced the NAVPERS 1070/604, the old page 4. In discussions
with many candidates on this very issue, it is rare that the 1070/880 and
1070/881 are in the official record. With implementation of the ESR 4 years
ago, it appears few ESR documents have made it to the official record since
that time. With the ESR close out which is currently underway, I feel this will
bring many enlisted OMPFs up to date, reducing the need for candidates to
have ESR pages printed and submitted with their letter to the board.
BLUF: Prior to using WebTA, your command should have published your
internal approval process. There is only one email address block for the CO or
By Direction Authority.
As of April 5, all Tuition Assistance applications must be submitted via WebTA.
WebTA can be found on the Navy College website, www.navycollege.navy.mil,
under the My Education tab.
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“Echoes” – Past Trauma to Present Life
BLUF: Combat related stress is an injury … don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Many military personnel view combat-related anxiety or mood disorders as a
sign of personal weakness and believe peers and leaders would lose confidence
in them if they were to seek help. In the video, “Echoes” signifies the spillage
of past trauma into present life. The video can be viewed at many Navy
For more information on Combat and Operational Stress Control, visit
Expeditionary Screening Checklist
BLUF: This checklist applies to all personnel mobilizing or filling a GSA/IA billet.
There is a new version of the Expeditionary Screening Checklist (NAVPERS
1300/22) out and it is vital that your CIACs get this information. The link to
the PDF file can be found at:
Drive Smart - Distracted Driving: http://www.drivesmartva.org/projects/ddad.html
Navy Individual Augmentees: http://www.ia.navy.mil
Naval Services FamilyLine: